Van Pelt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Van Pelt surname is occupational in origin. It comes from the Latin word "pellis," meaning "skin" or "hide," and would have originally been born by someone who tanned or sold hides and pelts for a living.

Early Origins of the Van Pelt family

The surname Van Pelt was first found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in North Holland, a province of the Netherlands. The principal cities are Amsterdam, Haarlem and Hilversum. Many of the old Counts of Holland held a family seat in this region, including one of the nations oldest families, in Brederode Castle near Haarlem.

Early History of the Van Pelt family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Van Pelt research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1766 and 1792 are included under the topic Early Van Pelt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Van Pelt Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pelten, Peltzer, Peltre, Pelzer, Pellt, Pelter, Peltern, Pelteren and many more.

Early Notables of the Van Pelt family (pre 1700)

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United States Van Pelt migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Van Pelt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Teunis VanPelt, who landed in New Netherlands in 1620-1664 [1]
  • Theunis Janse Laenen VanPelt, who landed in New York in 1663 [1]
  • Matthys VanPelt, who landed in New Jersey in 1663 [1]
  • Tunis Jansz VanPelt, who arrived in New Jersey in 1663 [1]
  • Gysbert Thysen Laenen VanPelt, who arrived in New York in 1663 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Van Pelt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • D VanPelt, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • P VanPelt, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Canada Van Pelt migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Van Pelt Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Samuel Vanpelt U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784 [2]
  • Mrs. Sarah Vanpelt U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Teunis Vanpelt U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Van Pelt (post 1700) +

  • Alison Van Pelt (b. 1963), American painter
  • John Vredenburgh Van Pelt F.A.I.A., A.D.G.F., (1874-1962), American architectural historian and author
  • Bradlee Van Pelt (b. 1980), former American NFL football quarterback and safety
  • William Kaiser Van Pelt (1905-1996), American politician, Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Wisconsin (1951-1965)
  • James S. "Jim" Van Pelt (b. 1935), former American CFL football quarterback
  • Scott Van Pelt, American sportscaster and sports talk show host
  • Alexander "Alex" Van Pelt (b. 1970), American football coach and former NFL quarterback
  • Brad Alan Van Pelt (1951-2009), American NFL football linebacker
  • Bo Van Pelt (b. 1975), American PGA professional golfer
  • James Van Pelt, American science fiction author
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X


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